College Football Musings – Week 7

Another week of college football brought another week of angst for Gator Nation. Auburn and Arkansas burned out the light bulbs in the scoreboard while Florida fans continue to rue the day Cam Newton helped himself to someone else's computer. FSU overcame a terrible outing from Christian Ponder; the SEC East was clearly the least. The BCS is a whole lot less messy and more.

With that, let's move on to this week's musings.

BCS Standings ---- The first official BCS poll came out Sunday night and it included good news and bad news for those who hate this inane system (can you guess which group I'm in?). Oklahoma and Oregon took the top two spots and control their destiny where the trip to BCS Title Game is concerned. Boise State drops to No. 4 with Auburn and TCU on their heels. There are three non-BCS teams in the top 10 (Boise St, TCU, Utah No. 9) which is the good news for the BCS haters. With LSU (No. 6) and Alabama (No. 8) also in the top 10 the SEC is getting plenty of respect.

Cam you come back? ---- Cam Newton decided to leave UF. He was not run off or asked to leave. Still while the Gator offense struggles Newton has become a legit Heisman Trophy candidate for the No. 4 Auburn Tigers. He was spectacular against Arkansas with 328 combined yards and four touchdowns. Newton has passed for 1,378 yards with 13 TD and five INT. He's also ran for 860 yards and 12 touchdowns. Newton has been responsible for 25 TD; the Gators have scored 22 TD offensively this season.

Can we Ponder shutting down the website? ---- FSU quarterback Christian Ponder would probably prefer the ‘Noles no longer operate a website promoting his Heisman candidacy. Florida State's QB threw three INT including a "pick six" and added a fumble in the ‘Noles win over Boston College. He also had a "pick six" called back because B.C was offside. He's a good player, but he's not a Heisman candidate.

SEC Least strikes again ---- I would argue that for most of the 19 years of the SEC being split into divisions, the East has been better than the West. Only a fool would try to make that argument today, and while you may think I are one; I ain't. Florida has gone 0-3 against Western Division teams which contributes to the West being eight games better than the East this year. That's just embarrassing for the schools in this half of the league.

What really matters ---- While we all get our undies in a bunch about lousy offense and second tier bowls, let's take a moment to say a prayer for Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand. The backup lineman and special teams player suffered a traumatic spinal injury late in the Rutgers win over Army Saturday and is paralyzed. LeGrand is hospitalized and faces a life completely different from everything he hoped for and dreamed of. Keep that in perspective while you are wailing about being 4-3.

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